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Litu Gómez: A dream come true

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
June 23, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:36 BST
Edition:
Latest Cycling News, June 23, 2008

Ángel 'Litu' Gómez will definitely be a part of the nine riders that Saunier Duval-Scott will send...

Ángel 'Litu' Gómez will definitely be a part of the nine riders that Saunier Duval-Scott will send to the Tour de France, which starts in two weeks. The news came from his directeur sportif Joxean Matxin yesterday, after the conclusion of the Tour de Suisse. "I am like a little kid with new shoes! Matxin told me that I will be in the line-up and is counting on me for the Tour de France," the Spaniard commented without hiding his joy.

'Litu' appeared in very good shape in the Tour de Suisse, after being sidelined for two months following a horrible crash in the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Team-wise, he finished third, behind Jesús Del Nero and Rubens Bertogliati, in 38th place. "I trained intensively and I had a big desire to race. Considering the pain in my arm, I found myself going better day after day in Switzerland, except for the mountain time trial, where I did not manage to get into my rhythm."

Ángel Gómez will debut in the Grande Boucle, at an age of 27 and in his fifth year as a professional. "It was always difficult for me, because the last three years I did the Giro-Vuelta double. This year, the Tour wasn't in my calendar, either, but the crash in Flanders has changed all that and favoured my debut in the Tour, which was one of my dreams since I turned professional," 'Litu' concluded.

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